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Nutrition for Moms-to-Be

Good nutrition is important at every stage of life, and when a woman is eating for two, food decisions can be even more confusing and stressful! If you or someone in your life is pregnant or hoping to become pregnant, there are a few key dietary needs to keep in mind. To celebrate the mothers […]

Phytochemicals: The Nutrients You Never Heard of

Each plant we consume contains hundreds of phytochemicals. Scientists are just beginning to understand how these fascinating plant compounds behave in our bodies. We talked to Jeffrey B. Blumberg, PhD, professor emeritus at Tufts’ Friedman School and former director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, to find out […]

Plant-Based Grilling

Grilling may traditionally lean towards burgers, brats, steaks, and other meats, but don’t let that limit your menu picks! That open flame maximizes and often transforms the flavor of veggies and fruits, too. From traditional choices like peppers and eggplant, to corn on the cob, carmelized fruit, or grilled romaine hearts, fruits and vegetables are […]

Is Low-Carb Eating for You?

Low-carbohydrate weight loss diets have become mainstream. Before jumping on the bandwagon, take a look at the answers to these common questions: What is Low-Carb Eating? Carbohydrates (sugars, starches, and fiber) are found naturally in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. But most carbohydrates in modern diets come from highly processed foods made […]


You probably know the saying, “you are what you eat,” but, according to the latest research, you may also be when you eat. “Your metabolism is different at different times of the day,” says JosĂ© M. Ordovás, PhD, lead scientist on the Nutrition and Genomics team at the HNRCA and a professor at the Friedman […]

Spring Greens!

What better way to welcome the season than to treat winter-weary palates to the splendor of leafy greens? Greens are packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber. From familiar favorites like spinach, romaine lettuce, collard greens, and kale to underutilized gems such as dandelion, purslane, and watercress, seize the season and explore the many ways […]
There’s a lot of misinformation going around about how to fuel your body for physical performance and recovery. Get the facts.

Muscle Building, Sports Performance, and Diet

If you want to build muscle, excel at a sport, or simply get the most out of regular physical activity, experts say some popular dietary advice is wrong. Let’s take a look at three common myths: Myth #1: When it comes to muscle building and performance, the more protein intake the better. “Protein is important […]
The jury is out as to whether bread made with grain that has been allowed to sprout is any better than regular whole grain bread for blood sugar control.

Q. Is bread made with sprouted grains really better than other whole grain breads...

A. Anastassios Pittas, MD, co-director of the Diabetes and Lipid Center, answers: “Blood sugar (blood glucose) levels rise when carbohydrates are digested and the resulting glucose molecules are absorbed into the bloodstream. The more refined a carb is, the less fiber it has, and the faster it will be digested and absorbed. Whole grain breads, […]
Consuming at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day may help you live longer.

Five Servings of Fruits and Vegetables a Day Associated with Longer Life

In an attempt to identify the optimal intake of fruits and vegetables associated with maintaining long-term health, researchers collected information on the typical dietary intake of over 100,000 healthy men and women in the U.S. over a 30 year period. That data was analyzed along with data from 24 other studies. In general, the more […]
Herbs and spices are not quite the same, but serve the same purpose—flavoring delicious food!

Q. I’m interested in boosting my cooking skills. What is the difference between an...

A. Helen Rasmussen, PhD, RD, an instructor at the Friedman School, as well as a senior research dietitian in the Metabolic Research Unit at...